Last Sunday I attended my first craft fair! It was at Platt Fields Park in Manchester for an event called Apple Day. The event was organised by Etsy Mcr.
I had a really fun day despite the weather being miserable. It was great to talk to customers face to face, I got loads of lovely comments and a good few sales too! It’s really made me want to start selling at more craft fairs for the run up towards Christmas so I have just applied to some more. I even had one customer start off by wanting just 1 card but then spotting more and more she liked and ended up buying 6 cards, a pack of Christmas cards and a big bag of confetti because she just couldn’t resist! Amazing!
All my cards were sold ‘Naked‘ with just the display models in biodegradable cellophane. The customers loved the idea of them being plastic free, it was great talking point.
I am happy to announce that I have a brand new website with my own self hosted shop! I’ve been working hard at getting it ready these past 2 weeks and now it is live so I am giving all my social media followers 20% off everything until the 28th September!! Just use code ‘TPWEBLAUNCH’
Check it out have a look around to see all my products, learn about how I started and my companies ethos.
This time last year I got my first sale… today I got my 548th sale! Wow!! Just looking at my orders chart you can how much my sales have grown…
I can’t believe it’s already been 1 year since I decided to start selling my cards online! The journey I have been on has been amazing.
My first major highlight was definitely Valentines day, I really started to see a peak in sales and I got super excited with 66 orders!
Roll on to Fathers Day and I doubled my Valentines sales! These figures are really getting me giddy for Christmas as last year I was not prepared at all. This time I have all my designs ready to go up in September.
Another highlight of this year was when I designed my GDPR greetings card. This has been my best seller with over 100 of these sold! It’s really made me want to look at other current events for future designs. (Watch this space for some brexit related Christmas cards!)
Plans For The Future
A couple of days back I decided to write myself a business plan for the next few months. I recently did an order for a friend looking to get into the greetings card market. He didn’t have the facilities to print his own cards or any design software to set them up for printing so I did this for him as a service. This was my first big order and the feedback I got was amazing. I have now decided to get into this side of things more so will be setting up a print shop online especially for start-up card companies. My USP is going to be that I will charge the same price for 100 cards of 1 design or 100 cards of 10 designs (10×10 cards). I have also decided I want to enter the wholesale market so am spending all next week designing a new website for this market.
I am so excited to further TeePee Creations over the next year! Watch this space for bigger and better things!
At my work, (Rapid IT) they have kindly let me set up a card stand in our showroom today! So hopefully this will get me some extra sales. I have written all about why my cards are ‘naked’ on the stand too to help promote the reduction of plastic packaging. This actually fits in well with my works values too as we recycle redundant IT hardware and refurbish to help promote an eco-friendly world! If you’re in Padiham/Burnley why not come check out my cards in person?